Jewish Faith and Modern Science: On the Death and Rebirth of Jewish Philosophy (Google eBook)

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Oct 17, 2008 - Social Science - 300 pages
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In Jewish Faith and Modern Science, renowned Jewish philosopher and rabbi Norbert Samuelson argues that modern Jewish philosophy has died_that it has failed to address the challenges to traditional beliefs posed by scientific advances, and is therefore no longer relevant to Jews today. Samuelson confronts these challenges head-on, critically reflecting on how all of the forms of contemporary Judaism, from orthodox to liberal to secular to new age, can address questions raised by the latest scientific advances. Considering questions ranging from the existence of the soul, to the relationship between God and particle physics, to the debate over when life begins and ends, Samuelson paves the way for a rebirth of Jewish philosophy applicable to life in the modern world.
  

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Contents

Introduction I
3
Misunderstanding Physics and Astronomy
15
Misunderstanding Linguistics and Epistemology
29
Misunderstanding Psychology
45
Misunderstanding Medicine
71
Misunderstanding History
85
THE REBIRTH OF JEWISH PHILOSOPHY
105
Introduction II
107
Interpreting Creation God the World and the Physical Sciences
113
Interpreting Redemption The World Humanity and the Human Sciences
159
Interpreting Revelation Humanity God and Jewish History
211
Conclusion
231
Bibliography
239
Index
277
About the Author
291
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Norbert M. Samuelson is Grossman Chair of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University. An internationally renowned scholar of Jewish philosophy, he is widely published in the field.

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